Faesal dropped “JKPM president” from his Twitter bio, which now reads — “Edward S Fellow @HKS Harvard University. Medico. Fulbright, Centrist.”
Shah Faesal, 2010 IAS topper, told TOI that “he had reconciled with the new political realities of Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370 last year.”
Meanwhile, sources told TOI that Faesal is likely to join the civil services again in September. He had resigned on January 9, 2019 citing instances of “unabated killings” in Kashmir among other things.
“I want to move on and do something productive in life,” said Faesal, in an exclusive talk with TOI on Monday.
Faesal, quoting from Shakespeare’s play “The Winter’s Tale,” said: “What’s gone and what’s past help, should be past grief”, suggesting that he has reconciled with the new political realities of Kashmir.
On Monday, state executive committee of J&K Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) discussed the ongoing political developments in the state. Faesal asked the members to spare him the organizational responsibilities. Committee members decided to accept his request so that he could continue with his life and contribute in whichever way he chooses to.
It was unanimously decided to nominate vice-president of JKPM Feroze Peerzada as interim president of the party till formal elections could be held for the post, party sources said.
Former PDP minister Javed Mustafa Mir, who had quit PDP and joined JKPM also expressed his wish to resign from the party. Committee members accepted his resignation.
Though Faesal did not answer the question whether he is likely to join the civil services again, official sources suggested that his resignation can be rejected as per rules as it falls within the recall time-period of two years.
After resigning from civil services, Faesal began his political journey on February 4 last year with a public speech in his hometown Kupwara in north Kashmir. On March 16, 2019, he announced that he would be launching his own political party.
Faesal went to the US for studies under Fulbright fellowship programme in 2018 after he went on study leave. He then posted remarks on his Facebook account which prompted the personnel department at the Centre to issue show-cause notice to Faseal following which he resigned and returned to India in 2019.
On August 14 last year, Faesal – who was bound for Istanbul — was detained at the Delhi airport under the Public safety Act and shifted to Srinagar. He was later taken to a makeshift detention centre at the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar.
Faesal remained in the detention for close to a year till he was released in June this year.